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Additional hours created WHS risks and breached FW Act

The Federal Court has in a rare ruling on reasonable additional hours found there were "obvious risks" in requiring a meat worker to put in 50-hour weeks while using knives and lifting heavy weights.


Workplace COVID lessons highlighted for world safety day

Workplaces constantly change and evolve and employers have been reminded, for World Day for Safety and Health at Work today, of the importance of adapting their WHS processes. The event is also being used to highlight the way COVID-19 has exposed weak safety standards.


Responsive measures too late for overworked worker

An employer took quick and "responsive" steps after a worker complained of not coping with her workload, but its efforts to mitigate her "unattainable" and injury-causing load came too late, a commission has found.


Directors enter undertakings after contractor killed

Two company directors who were charged with due diligence breaches, after a contract driver was killed, have entered enforceable undertakings with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.


Unexplained interruption blocks fatal-journey claim

A worker's fatal complications from car crash injuries, sustained on a journey from his workplace to his home, did not arise out of his employment, a court has found in upholding an appeal.


Beware work fatigue from COVID changes; and more

  • Beware new-year fatigue with COVID-forced work changes;
  • Mask rules eased in another jurisdiction, WHS advice issued; and
  • RPE guidance published after 162 WHS notices issued.

PCBUs advised on COVID rule; 3 Codes commence; more

  • PCBUs advised on the management of COVID-exempt workers;
  • Three workplace safety Codes commence in WA; and
  • Workplace safety protections extended by s-x work Bill in Vic.

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